Jesus does not want us to be ignorant of what we will find in the harvest field. Let’s look at Luke 10:3 and observe Jesus’ instruction; “Go your way; behold I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.” Remember the context? “The Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of Him, two by two, into every town and place where He Himself was about to go” (10:1).
As John the Baptist was “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight” (3:4), so the seventy-two were to make way for Jesus in “every town and place where He Himself was about to go.” In the same way, we are to prepare the way for the Savior as we “Go [our] way”. But let us not look for a field that is only beds of ease and beautiful roses. The hater of the Christ and the Gospel will also be in the field as a wolf, seeking to devour our efforts of preaching and planting the good news.
The Lord of the harvest knows where we go to plant the seed and he knows the dangers we will face, because He sent us. Where He sends us, He will also be with us as we remain with Him. The challenge we have in His field is not the wolves, but whether as lambs, we maintain the character of Christ in us as we labor in His field. Doing His work His way will guarantee His presence, because we are working with Him! Doing His work our way (man’s way) will result in failure. Which would you prefer?
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